The Wild Forest of the Ancient


The Wild Forest of the Ancient

The Wild and Fertile Forest from the Ancient Era.

The Capital Below the Mist of Horizon

Very remote appears now vaguely these civilization's settlements here from the elevated location on the outer rim of the high plateau (16). Among these enchanted juniper hills and hidden paths, the dreams of pure nature are offered by almost every view, also in the mighty abyss and canyon's uphill adventure. The stunning location of these described rock pools (14) is near, but the abyss with its seductive twilight paths are even closer where its pathways first gently rise up from (B) towards (36). These natural bath and pools' (14) sheer proximity constitute a surprisingly beautiful picnic place but breathtakingly engaging since its shocking introduction of the actual waterfall and its abyss.


16. Among breathtaking Views and Juniper Giants' care

A little behind the camera's typical view towards the dim-capped Capital is a group of magnificent and powerful Juniperus procera trees. These indigenous Juniper trees are unique and appear to have an origin from a past culture, and are here very near just some steps uphill towards Bees' Cliff (14). Arriving at this high viewpoint and the outermost plateau ledge (16) is very convenient. The substantial rise offers some beautiful and exciting rests with magnificent scenery and historical surprises with old Italian fortifications (B) - (38) and trees of a surprisingly dignified furrowed patina.


A Forgotten Era of Nature & Serenity

The Route to the View (16) Above the Capital
& Further Description of the Area
A. The Character of Entoto Kidane Mehret's valley.
The square [A] serves as a directed and facilitating figure to more easily find points (5)(22), and (37) which are located and form the valley at Entoto Kidane Mehret (32).  This area (A) is the beginning of most of the following hiking trails described.

B. The Invitation to the crossroad of wilderness.
The still gently upward hike shown within the circle (B) includes the points (35), (38), (39) and constitutes both a crossroads of somewhat wild paths but also a beautiful rise in a ledge of some metres threshold. This crossroads is located just to the right of point (38), but regardless of the hiking paths within the loop point (B), all of these will soon contact the continued walk towards the higher positions.


While this type of orientation assistance is compatible with visitors to foreign habits, other requirements are demanded to fulfil the tradition of the native population, who prefer to use their own orientation in the landscape of the revered past.

An intended clockwork provides direction and orientation assistance in the circle (B)
When considering the circle (B), the possibility arises of using it as a directional pointer of the type that uses the traditional dial of the pointer's intended tip as an excellent tool for finding otherwise hidden objects. Thus, at the intended direction set at 3:30, this shows a pleasantly elevated area above the field (39). This metre raised ledge is the site of several unique and older, native Juniper procera trees. These furrowed Juniper trees towers, awe-inspiring where they dominate the surroundings like a mighty crown just in the slope above the field (39).


Podocarpus Trees from the Past Hide Deeply in the Circle (B)


Podocarpus falcatus (P. gracilior)
Map Directions & Assistance to the Revered Nature of the Past.

When the circle (B) with its intended pointer reaches its full extent at 4:30, it points to an area just south of the field (39).  This rather wild and wavy slope is a fantastic area with a certain number of native Podocarpus trees, all of which are muscularly proudly posing in antique motion on this hilly southern slope. Within this map, circle (B) is a beautiful plateau rise in the exciting landscape.


The Beautiful Landscape and Paths of the Southern Slope.
Indigenous Podocarpus trees, found from a much previous era, appears admirably muscular furrowed around the large farmhouse (39) area just below point (16), which are a great pleasure for any soul with a passion for nature. Just here, within the map circle (B), below view-point (16), is the farmhouse (39) with large Juniperus procera trees along its upper hillside. Soon after point (39), the path turns slightly to the right towards the location (16).




16. Mysterious Shadows in Twilight Deliver Adventure Beyond Knowledge.
Those who want a deeper Juniper forest emerges from the mist of history a concealed near 50 years old wild and original Juniperus procera woodland. This primaeval forest (40) is close to the east of point (16) but still hidden behind an elevated ridge and on the eastern slope. This native Juniper forest provides a unique insight into how nature emerged before introducing the Eucalyptus from Australia over 100 years ago.


Plants Map & Podocarpus tree

Indigenous Trees with Patina in Unique Terrain.

The intended direction indicator allows a method to be used here with limited length in the intended dial. With this method, it is also possible to distinguish objects more centrally located on the intended clockwork. Consequently, as this intended pointer reaches 60% of its full length, and at four o'clock, it becomes possible to find a magnificent native Podocarpus tree to the left of the hiking trail.


The healing capacity of a native forest.
The natural health and fertile beauty in this indigenous Juniper forest (40) illuminates with precision the healing ability of a native forest and the severe nature and habitat destruction that occurred at the introduction of the Eucalyptus tree. The importance of careful research regarding knowledge in natural science is here given a rigorous and evident example before any foreign species is regarded as possible for an introduction into an unfamiliar and very possibly vulnerable habitat.



The High Plateau and its Brook Wade (41-42)
This is the beginning of the high plateau where invitingly gentle cliff formations offer this picturesque wade across the brook (35), thus giving the entrance to the path (42) towards Entoto Natural Park (Nursery). This brook represents just here the separation between the eroded road (41) and the continuing trail (42) towards Entoto Natural Park (Nursery). The waterfall at Bees' Cliff  (14) and its secret vaults are recalled here very close. When gazing further along the canyon to the south, it delivers a dreamlike reminiscent fragrant hint of this nature's serenity while it far below the curtains of the morning's mysterious veils reveals Entoto Kidane Mehret and the Capital.

41. A Wide Trail from South-East to North-West.
Although, this ground road (41) towards Bees' Cliff pools is eroded and requires some maintenance before use by cautious, conventional tourists vehicles. However, its extent is suitable for reaching these nature pools at Bees' Cliff  (14). It is, therefore, an open and beautiful road for a promenade to the rock baths or further brook passage to Entoto Natural Park (Nursery) 34.



Further Description of this Landscape
The Arrival on the High Plateau (41- 42)
Behind now is Bees' Cliff's adventurous and beautiful experience (14) and the adorable viewpoint (16).  But still, they are very near, with Bees' Cliff just some ten metres to the south and the delightful view (16), now behind but yet in close walking contact, in pleasant memory as it lingers enticingly in the subconscious and on the outer threshold of the southern rim of the high plateau.

42. The Path Towards Entoto Natural Park (Nursery) 
The landscape to the north is very moderate and reveals very soon; the beautiful path  (42) to Entoto Natural Park (Nursery) 34, where extensive work has elapsed with nature restoration for many years. With this excursion towards the Nursery, the impression of the high plateau is an evident and relaxing contrast to the quite steep hiking up from the sculptural river banks at Kidane Mehret (32).



A Path Among Adorable Junipers and Golden Meadows.

The remaining way (42) to Entoto Natural Park (Nursery) 34 is a pleasant wandering with a minimum change in altitude. It usually allows wading with suitable dry rocks over to the west side of the meandering stream. This direction passes just a little besides the natural pools above Bees' Cliff (14) and then further north through an open forest before arriving at the Nursery (34).


[CAUTION] - Precautionary Commitments

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Enchanting Forest to the East of View-point (16)

However, this forest is somewhat enchanting, and as the paths end beyond its boundary, this can cause great difficulty for orientation. This original forest is captivating wild and consists of these more than 50 years old indigenous Juniperus procera trees that provide a unique contact to nature with somewhat exotic primaeval lushness and a great surprise beyond what a visitor would usually expect in such proximity to the Capital. This native Juniper woodland (40) is massive in its appearance and stunning in vitality, with a perfect, lush and dense undergrowth.



Lost and Worried people 

The Secure Way Back 

To find out from this enchanting and beautiful original forest (40), a lost person only ought to follow its very apparent and gentle slope down the east of the valley and thus in short contact with the open environment and clear paths that quickly show where you are in the relationship with the rest of the Park. Besides, since muscular but elusive hyenas hide under the long shadows of the trees, the overall impression of this forest can be perceived as scary and entirely not harmless, and this to sensitive people with reduced health and mobility.


The Panorama Photographs Shows the View from Plateau Ledge No. 16.
From viewpoint (16), it provides resting places for picnics in social tranquillity and contemplation about the unique nature, which is facilitated quickly by the high point of view, even over the mist-veiled Capital far below the southern slopes. Much closer, the farmhouse is reminded and not far below even the spiritually chanting walls of Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).


Indigenous Trees  This photograph shows native Juniper trees and the view from plateau ledge No. 16.


Plant a tree with Inside Ethiopia Tours

Inside Ethiopia, Tours invites you to be part of an unforgettable experience in Entoto Natural Park. We will meet in our office, located in Kazanchis (just in front of UNECA back entrance), and our guide will accompany you in the local taxis up to the mountain. This is a great opportunity for you to experience Ethiopian commuting.

Once we arrive on Entoto Mountain, where the capital city was first founded in 1886, you will certainly feel like having mentholated topical ointment. Yes, we are not big fans of the Eucalyptus tree either! That is why we want to promote indigenous seedling planting in Ethiopia by contributing to the Ethiopian Green Legacy.


Ethiopian Heritage Trust (UK)



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